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Trump in re-election mode: Speech had little about the actual state of the union

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President Donald Trump delivering his State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Tuesday.

The analysts on CNN, where I watched the State of the Union message, were all excited about the interpersonal dynamics between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He apparently declined to shake her hand before the speech. She could be seen (no “apparently” about it) tearing up her copy of the speech at the end.

Not cool, but I really don’t care. Nor do I care, except from an electioneering standpoint, about various Trumpian panders to various electoral groups (one very smart friend of mine called in the middle to opine that Trump was pandering to African-American voters by asking African-Americans in the audience to stand up and be applauded). I have trouble believing that Trump can turn many black votes toward his favor by such displays.

I did note that, without mentioning Barack Obama’s name, Trump did manage to argue that the country was falling apart under his distinguished predecessor, so badly that his own Trumpian presidency represents “the great American comeback,” even though the economy was growing and the stock market was rising pretty much throughout the Obama years. But Trump not only didn’t note that, he suggested the opposite was the case.

(The actual Trump quote was “the failed economic policies of the previous administration.”)

There were some great tear-jerker moments, more than I remember from previous SOTUs, especially the surprise reunion of a woman and child with their soldier husband/father, who apparently had been flown home for the occasion without telling the wife. But neither this nor much else in the speech had much to do with the actual State of the actual Union.

The real Donald Trump, according to me, is the lying race-baiter at his rallies. Those people get him and he gets them. This was re-election Donald Trump, speaking to gettable swing voters and trying to convince them that he has made America so much greater that they should want four more years of his peerless leadership, and encouraging them to pay much less attention to that other doppelganger Donald Trump who does those racist rallies where he encourages his admirers to knock the crap out of protesters.

Comments (83)

  1. Submitted by Ron Gotzman on 02/05/2020 - 09:16 am.

    This article is not so much and evaluation of the speech – but just another opportunity to exercise another name calling outburst directed at the President.

    The ” the lying race-baiter” is a new one but at least he was not called a “murderer” again.

    Or course – Nancy P. has once again – along with most all Democrats’ – has escaped the name-calling outbursts.

    However – Nancy P. provides great entertainment value (she cracks me up!) that almost reaches the entertainment value of this article.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 02/05/2020 - 10:37 am.

      “The ” the lying race-baiter” is a new one but at least he was not called a “murderer” again.”

      There’s nothing new about it. It’s long been known that he is a lying race-baiter.

  2. Submitted by Dennis Wagner on 02/05/2020 - 09:21 am.

    Well he managed to turn the Freedom Medal into a piece of cheap junk costume jewelry, by awarding it to someone that has spent the last 30+ years creating a false narrative to divide the country, Goebbels would be proud

    • Submitted by Misty Martin on 02/05/2020 - 11:24 am.

      Mr. Wagner:

      How right you are – I didn’t watch the speech, but read the highlights this morning on my computer, and I thought I might be seriously ill when I read how Rush Limbaugh was compared to the likes of Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks, Elie Wiesel and Jackie Robinson. Really?!? You have got to be kidding me!

      • Submitted by Bob Barnes on 02/06/2020 - 06:04 am.

        Perhaps you should set aside your bias and go look at the good things Rush has actually done. He’s raised millions upon millions for charities .. most recently Tunnels to Towers. He runs an annual cure-a-thon for Lukemia and Lymphoma. He’s not a saint (none of us are) but he sure has done a lot of good in his life.

        FYI, I’ve never really found him all that interesting and have rarely ever listened to his show, but I do know he has done a lot of charity work.

        • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 02/06/2020 - 09:01 am.

          What a load of bull Limbaugh. The man came to fame for his name calling, his racism, and his misogyny. He has done more than anyone else to fuel the hyperpartisan divisions in America.

          But, yay, some money for charity. Maybe he can raise some more for the families of the men who went to Vietnam when he was incapacitated with a boil on his rear end.

      • Submitted by Raj Maddali on 02/06/2020 - 06:22 am.

        And there were no political calculations in any of Obamas selections ? Really, you may want to investigate how many of the people you quote stood for freedoms for ALL peoples.

      • Submitted by Raj Maddali on 02/06/2020 - 06:33 am.

        Barbara Streisand who i like as a singer, got one. What was her contribution to humanity other than show up at Democratic fundraisers ?

  3. Submitted by BK Anderson on 02/05/2020 - 09:46 am.

    Pure Trumpenberg Rally, except this time with a captive (Dem) audience and broadcast on national television. A complete and total abuse of the occasion, but who could expect anything else from this loathsome political criminal?

    And of course his cultists will proclaim it the “Greatest SOTU in History!”, just as the unqualified imbecile at the podium declared the last three years of misrule, lawbreaking and division the greatest period in American history.

    This appalling “address” can now be consigned to the cesspool where it belongs, remembered only by Trump cultists as their spiteful manifesto. For political scientists it will represent another milestone along the endless road of longstanding norms destroyed by the American “conservative” movement.

    Indeed, the only sane response to the obscenity Trump forced upon the nation last night is to return to the days of the SOTU being a simple written message delivered to the Congress. We can no longer trust Repub presidents not to use it to abuse both the situation and their (unfortunate) power.

    Heckuva job, conservatives!

    • Submitted by Bob Barnes on 02/06/2020 - 06:08 am.

      And Obama’s SOTUs weren’t campaign rallies? How quickly you forget. SOTUs have always been campaign rallies for the party in the White House. This was no better or worse than any Obama gave or Bush43 or Clinton or Bush41 etc.

      The shear hatred of Trump by the left is somewhat amusing. He has driven the left off the deep end. Which is even more amusing considering he was a Democrat for many years and most of his policies are Democrat policies.

      • Submitted by BK Anderson on 02/06/2020 - 08:59 am.

        You think “most of [Trump’s] policies are Democrat[ic] ones” and I’M the one who’s “gone off the deep end”?!

      • Submitted by Dennis Wagner on 02/06/2020 - 04:10 pm.

        “hatred” I think not, its more like telling the kids to quit playing with matches or you will burn the house down, the Trump supporters apparently just want to burn the house down!

  4. Submitted by joe smith on 02/05/2020 - 09:48 am.

    State of the Union is strong. President Trump hit on all his accomplishments since being in office. Reduced number of illegal aliens crossing the border, economy working for blue collar folks and minorities, school choice, redoing the terrible NAFTA, China running roughshod over the USA being curtailed by President Trump. The only thing left to do for the Democrats was tear up paper.
    Always a good night for Americans when a President can point to Blue collar workers increasing their pay by 5k+.

    • Submitted by James Miller on 02/05/2020 - 10:52 am.

      Adjusted for inflation, median weekly wages rose just 0.6 percent in 2018. The gains in weekly wages were 2.1 percent in 2015.

    • Submitted by Brian Simon on 02/05/2020 - 11:12 am.

      “State of the Union is strong.”

      I suppose it depends on what you measure. But it seems to me that if we can’t even agree about objective facts, the claim that our union is strong is dubious, at best.

      Funny things: as POTUS pointed out, incomes at the lowest level are rising fastest. Why? New minimum wage laws in cities & states where Democrats have enough political power to pass them over Republican opposition.

      Oddly, despite historically low unemployment rates, wages overall aren’t rising much. Barely 1% over the rate of inflation. Housing costs are rising faster, as are healthcare costs. Republican plans to address those issues don’t seem to exist.

      POTUS celebrates his hundreds of miles of rebuilt border fencing. Total new miles? 0. Yes, zero. To protect us from what, exactly, is still unclear. Walls don’t stop smugglers, which anyone who watches the news can see – last week the longest yet smuggling tunnel was found between Tijuana & southern california. How many more exist is unknown.

    • Submitted by Dennis Wagner on 02/05/2020 - 11:20 am.

      More good news from Trump: Forgot to mention in his speech: US Farm Bankruptcies hit an 8 year high in 2019. Forgot about the 11 coal companies that have filed for bankruptcy since he took office. And the little part about the $1.1T deficit spending and this is “the best it has ever been”!

    • Submitted by BK Anderson on 02/05/2020 - 12:00 pm.

      I’ve corrected your “5k” figure before when you’ve deployed it, and (unless I missed it) even the Grand Liar himself didn’t use it during his disgusting rally. It’s based on a conservative think-tank study and not Census Bureau data, which is usually the source for such stats.

      It appears the actual figure for the three years of the Trump Era is an increase in median wages of around $1500. This is very likely the result of lib’rul minimum wage increases mandated by those Blue Cities the conservative movement pretends to despise.

      It may also be a product of the almost inconceivably irresponsible conservative fiscal policies (that Trump of course championed), which enacted one of the largest upper-class tax cuts in history during an ongoing economic expansion, thus massively exploding the deficit during the very time we should be reducing the national debt. This turns macro-economic policy on its head, and bodes very ill for what the nation will be able to do when the next recession hits. It is also paving the way for an inflationary spiral which will be very difficult to combat.

      While Repubs claim to be the party of “fiscal responsibility”, in reality they willfully destroy the nation’s finances whenever the incompetent American electorate (aided by the failed Constitution) returns them to power.

      • Submitted by Bob Barnes on 02/06/2020 - 06:36 am.

        And yet you said nothing when Obama added 9+ trillion to the national debt and ran multiple 1.2+ trillion dollar deficits. Also, Trump’s tax cuts were for every income level , not just the rich. So whenever you claim it was only for the rich, you lose any credibility you might have had.

        Republicans don’t have a very good track record on the economy but the Democrats are much worse. Every single Dem running for President this year wants massive spending increases (up to double the current federal budget in Bernie’s case) without a single means to pay for it. Raising taxes will not pay for those increases as history has shown time and again. The maximum tax capacity is around 20% of GDP. In 2018, we were at 16.5% which is pretty close to the average over the last 60+ years. With GDP at about 21.7 trillion, IF we went up to 20% of that in revenue, we’d get about 760 billion a year more in revenue assuming nothing else changed and people didn’t lower their tax burden (which they would do) due to higher taxes. That would cut the deficit by a little over half … with current spending levels. Where do you propose to get the extra 3+ trillion a year that people like Warren, Mayor Pete and Bernie are proposing to spend if they win? We have a major spending problem and we’re already over taxed.

        • Submitted by BK Anderson on 02/06/2020 - 09:18 am.

          Your comment makes clear that you don’t understand basic macro-economics. Obama increased government spending during the worst global recession since 1928, exactly as economic theory demanded. Conservatives cut taxes when the economy is doing well and when the economy is doing poorly, since tax cuts are their (mindless) prescription for everything. And the fact that the irresponsible tax cuts are technically “for everyone” doesn’t negate the fact that every analysis demonstrates that the rich (always!) obtain by far the most benefit from such policies, with the Trump cuts being particularly egregious in this regard.

          And you really can’t act say that Dems are worse on the economy than Repubs as a matter of historical fact (which is false, btw) and then launch into predictions of the future should Dem policies be enacted. The tax burden on Americans is quite light, especially on the nation’s abusive wealthy.

          But I will say that I do agree with you that tax increases on the nation’s plutocrats and their ill-gotten gains will not solve the problem entirely–there will have to be very significant cuts in the bloated and wasteful “defense” sector as well, which has been torrents of money poured down a rat-hole for far, far too long. As long as that absurd abuse continues, the nation can never advance.

    • Submitted by Peter Stark on 02/05/2020 - 12:31 pm.

      Most of the rise in paychecks for low-wage workers is the result of minimum wage increases. You know, those things that the GOP opposes.

      • Submitted by joe smith on 02/05/2020 - 07:28 pm.

        General reply to the folks here that seem to ignore simple facts. The current middle class income average of $65,976 (highest ever) is driven by mining, logging, manufacturing, oil and gas jobs, none of them are $15 dollar minimum wage employment. President Trump, through economic strength got Mexico to stop Triangle country refugees on their southern border, thus stopping illegal alien crossings into America by 75%. NAFTA was a terrible deal by Bill Clinton and no one had the guts to throw it out for 27 years. Simple facts that makes America a better country to live in.

        • Submitted by joe smith on 02/05/2020 - 10:14 pm.

          A final note on middle class and the 15 dollar minimum wage. If you work 40 hours a week for 52 weeks, your salary of 32k pulls down the 65k current average for middle class, does not improve it. Please explain how a salary of 32k improves the average increase in middle class under President Trump.

          • Submitted by Brian Nelson on 02/06/2020 - 09:03 am.

            It’s simple, Joe. If a person making less than $32K later makes $32K as a result of the minimum wage law then the average goes up.

            • Submitted by joe smith on 02/06/2020 - 12:42 pm.

              Let me get this straight, 1000 people making 32k makes the middle class average of 65k go up?

              • Submitted by Dennis Wagner on 02/06/2020 - 02:32 pm.

                Joe, you don’t know the Bill Gates joke? 4 guys in a bar with $200 between them, average wealth $50 each, Bill gates walks in the bar the average wealth per person is now ~ $25 Billion. That’s how statistics work my friend, and how folks can use them to lie. Maybe you should ask for the mean vs the average?.

  5. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 02/05/2020 - 09:50 am.

    I watched the same network as Eric, and had similar reactions, though I did think Trump snubbed Ms. Pelosi (understandable, under the impeachment circumstances, but not cool), and it seemed obvious that Ms. Pelosi tore up her copy of the speech text (similarly petulant). More than Eric has expressed, however, the whole event had the aura of “campaign rally.” From Trump applauding himself (and, I’m sure he hoped, encouraging his supporters in the audience to keep cheering and applauding), to chants of “Four more years!” – something I don’t recall hearing at any previous SOTU speeches by any President since Eisenhower – to so much standing to applaud, then sitting down, then standing to applaud again, that it reminded me of some of the more enthusiastic church services of my Episcopalean youth. It’s probably the most exercise some of those people have gotten in the past year. At any rate, by the halfway point, the event had taken on at least some of the appearance of Kabuki theater. But I’m an old guy, so perhaps that is, or will become, a standard part of these kinds of events.

    Plenty of boasting of accomplishments, whether deserved or not – a common occurrence in SOTU speeches, regardless of speaker – and yes, some heart-tugging moments (recognition of the centenarian Air Force veteran who’d been one of the Tuskegee Airmen among them), but what stood out for me was Trump’s continued systematic attempt to erase any and all evidence that his predecessor had ever existed. For me, that goes beyond sheer partisanship to become part and parcel of the racism that characterizes Trump as a person.

    Beyond the Tuskegee Airman, the other singular moment for me was Trump’s awarding of the Presidential Medal of Freedom to perhaps the most bigoted (and bigoted in so many ways) public figure of the past couple of decades, Mr. Limbaugh. They’re very much like peas in a pod.

  6. Submitted by Greg Smith on 02/05/2020 - 10:06 am.

    If Black could be intellectually honest, these speeches are nothing but pandering, and have been for a long time. Nothing new.

    • Submitted by cory johnson on 02/05/2020 - 10:46 am.

      Exactly. I’ve looked at these speeches as nothing but political theatre for my entire life.

      • Submitted by BK Anderson on 02/05/2020 - 12:28 pm.

        Yep, keep telling yourselves this, guys. What I see is the political equivalent of Gresham’s Law: “Bad money drives out good.” Trump’s specific denunciation of the Progressive Caucus was a pretty nice touch, wasn’t it?

        Perhaps you agree with me that the proper course is to abolish the televised SOTU?

    • Submitted by Bob Barnes on 02/05/2020 - 11:27 am.

      I like this line “ Nonprofit, nonpartisan journalism”…..Minnpost is completely partisan as represented by every single article on this site, esp Me Black’s.

      Good comment tho. Every SOTU is just the President patting himself on the back…regardless of which party he/she is in.

  7. Submitted by William Hunter Duncan on 02/05/2020 - 10:18 am.

    Meanwhile the “opposition” party has totally obscured the results of the Iowa caucus, because Buttigieg is being groomed by the neoliberal/Clintonite establishment to lead the empire, while Bernie is intentionally and deliberately shut out, while major media looks to the State of the Union and feigns horror at the disengenuousness of Trump.

    Trumps madness is mirrored in the behavior of Dems. The lower he goes, the lower goes Dem party leadership, a race to a bottom where everybody loses.

  8. Submitted by Brian Simon on 02/05/2020 - 10:38 am.

    It seems to me that the state of our union is that we live in two different worlds, each side blaming the other for any and all problems, refusing to collaborate or compromise.

  9. Submitted by cory johnson on 02/05/2020 - 10:44 am.

    The Democrats helped make a great campaign commercial last night. All Trump needs is a split screen of the Democrats’ reaction to all the positive news for America and a clip of Pelosi tearing up the speech containing all of that news. Should play quite well in the swing states.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 02/05/2020 - 11:35 am.

      That message would resonate only among those who don’t realize that virtually everything out of the President’s mouth is a lie. They are already voting for Trump, so why bother?

      • Submitted by Bob Barnes on 02/06/2020 - 06:42 am.

        I guess you would know since Obama was probably the biggest liar to ever sit in the White House. Remember these classics? “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor” or “every family will see a 2500 dollar reduction in premiums” (which ended up being more than 100% increase in premiums in most cases, MN alone was facing 60+% annual increases after ACA was passed). Or the lies that created the beer summit? I could go on but you get the point. I believe there is a saying about people in glass houses not casting stones….

        • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 02/06/2020 - 09:12 am.

          Just from the most recent State of the Union Address:

          The economy is “the best it has ever been.” GDP growth fell last year and real economists predict growth will continue to slow;

          The upward trend in the economy started under President Obama, despite Trump’s claim that he reversed years of failed economic policies;

          He will “always protect patients with preexisting conditions,”which is at odds with what he has tried to do to the Affordable Care Act;

          He is not responsible for the U.S. becoming the world’s top producer of oil and natural gas (No. 1 in the world in petroleum since 2013, and no. 1 for natural gas since at least 2010);

          “300,000 working age people” did not leave the workforce during Obama’s . The workforce grew by 5.4 million.

          I get the right-wing’s objections to Obama’s presidency. I can only speculate why they cling to the refusal to acknowledge the fact that Trump is the biggest liar to inhabit the White House.

        • Submitted by Brian Nelson on 02/06/2020 - 09:13 am.

          Trump on healthcare: “We’re going to have insurance for everybody,” Trump said in an interview with The Washington Post. “There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it. That’s not going to happen with us.”

          Trump on the wall: “Mexico will pay for it”.

          Trump on economic growth: The economy will grow at “4, 5 or even 6% a year.”

          Trump on the national debt: a promise to halve it in 4 years and eliminate it in 8 years.

        • Submitted by Paul Brandon on 02/06/2020 - 09:23 am.

          These ‘lies’ were promises of proposals that in turn required Congressional legislation, which did not happen.

  10. Submitted by Tim Smith on 02/05/2020 - 10:49 am.

    In other words, it was pretty much like every State of the Union address.

  11. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 02/05/2020 - 11:09 am.

    OK, but really… when was the last anyone heard a SOTU that WAS actually about the state of the union? I’m 57 years old and I’ve never heard one, with the possible exception of Jimmy Carter.

    Here’s every SOTU you’ve ever heard in a nutshell: “The state of the union (dramatic pause) is strong! blah blah blah, blah, blah blahh…” Whatever.

    • Submitted by BK Anderson on 02/05/2020 - 01:25 pm.

      If Obama’s 2009 address to the joint session wasn’t actually about “the state of the union”, then I don’t think the phrase can be made to mean anything.

      There is always way too much Babbitt Boosterism in this address, generally, I certainly agree with you. It’s just another feature of the Constitution which has failed of its essential purpose.

    • Submitted by Dennis Wagner on 02/05/2020 - 01:36 pm.

      Actually Obama addressed the divisions in his last speech, and a hell of a lot more, and it wasn’t political grandstanding, but then again humility, honesty etc are dirty words in”R” circles.

      “But such progress is not inevitable. It’s the result of choices we make together. And we face such choices right now. Will we respond to the changes of our time with fear, turning inward as a nation, turning against each other as a people?”

      “And finally, how can we make our politics reflect what’s best in us, and not what’s worst?”

      • Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 02/06/2020 - 10:16 am.

        Yeah… and then Trump got elected and trashed Obama’s legacy in what? Two months?

        Obama’s eloquence was certainly refreshing but let’s not pretend his SOTU speaches were transformative in any way. They were eloquent blah blah blah, but blah blah never the less.

        • Submitted by Dennis Wagner on 02/06/2020 - 01:03 pm.

          You have made it clear you don’t like, nor probably ever did like Obama! Like the Republicans of the time period, suspect he could have found the cure to cancer, and would have been criticized for taking to long. Yes some of us can under stand context and circumstance and make reasonable decisions from them. .

          • Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 02/07/2020 - 11:10 am.

            Dennis please, you’re not clairvoyant. I voted for Obama twice, and I like him just fine. I just don’t fetishize the man and I recognize our systemic failures. The fact that he was not a particularly popular president and led us into Trumpism is simply an historical fact… it’s not personal.

            I don’t what it will take for people to accept the fact that identity politics is an absolute fail? Simply affiliating with politicians you fetishize isn’t a viable political regime, in fact it’s killing us.

  12. Submitted by Bob Petersen on 02/05/2020 - 11:24 am.

    Mr. Black further epitomizes what is going on – that if you don’t like this president, it;s perfectly acceptable to say and sling anything you want. I will agree that it is more about re-election than anything else, but so has every other SOTU.
    Whether you like it or not, Trump is winning on nearly everything – and the Dems are giving him every reason to say as much. The Dems have done so much against this country just to ‘get’ the president that it is sickening. And there are people that are okay with that. So now you are seeing things completely off the rails by the Resistance. Pelosi’s actions last night (not to mention her dumb alibi) are exactly what the Dems are, nothing but unhinged lunatics that will stop at nothing to get the power they think they deserve. Talk about abuse of power. Pelosi’s tantrum will be glued on ads for the next 9 months.
    The Dems, including insane write ups like this article, are pushing more and more Americans away from the Left. Hate Trump as you feel because it is so-o-o-o obvious. But the reality you are trying to portray is not what most want. It’s hard to feel sorry for people who are as pompous as our president. But your actions are doing a great job of it. Because the Left pushes, demeans, and lies as it does, you fall for exactly what this president wants, which is to give him every reason to boast on a national stage.
    Add to it that it looks like the DNC is trying to rig everything against Bernie, you all show that Dems and liberals can never be trusted, ever.
    November is coming pretty quick. It’ll be priceless to see if Dems stay unglued. Because the vote is going to get worse and worse the longer the Dems stay on the current playbook. And articles like this are part of that playbook.

    • Submitted by Dennis Wagner on 02/06/2020 - 01:00 pm.

      “winning on nearly everything” Clarification, or is it, cheating at everything to win is the new norm? Or is it as Col. Hans Landa would say, “you insult my intelligence”

  13. Submitted by Misty Martin on 02/05/2020 - 11:28 am.

    Eric: Loved you last paragraph. I’m afraid though that America is in for another four years of the same. God help us!

    And I think what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did was WAY cool! Way to go, Nancy!!! And what a big baby the President came off as when he refused to shake her hand – can’t he even “pretend” to be a gentleman at times? Is it that far of a stretch?!? Oh, sorry – forgot who we were talking about at the moment, lol.

    • Submitted by Tom Anderson on 02/05/2020 - 09:51 pm.

      Not shaking hands bad, tearing up speech good. Pretty much sums up the state of America. Unfortunately for Mr. Black he will not get another four years of “Trump bad”, “Trump bad” to write about (and don’t forget about the two previous years of “Trump will be bad”) since the most hated man in America can not possibly re-elected.

  14. Submitted by Pat Terry on 02/05/2020 - 12:36 pm.

    The lie about saving pre-existing conditions really is the worst. The ACA prevents people with pre-existing conditions from losing coverage. Trump has tried to repeal it. The truth is literally the exact opposite of what Trump is claiming.

  15. Submitted by Tim Smith on 02/05/2020 - 12:41 pm.

    Dems have perfected the fake disgust and full on victimhood posture. Omar and Talib couldnt even stand and applaud the Tuskeegee Airman?

    • Submitted by BK Anderson on 02/06/2020 - 08:10 am.

      Oh, I’m sure that Dem disgust for Trump’s long-winded compilation of Big Lies was not “fake”! As for “victimhood”, that’s been the dominant conservative mindset for decades now.

      And the use of various patriotic pawns in SOTU addresses has become so predictable and tiresome that both parties should declare a 25 year moratorium on it. Better yet, the invitees themselves should decline to be used as political props, especially by a political criminal like Trump.

      The sensible thing to have done would be boycott the Trumpenberg Rally entirely. It’s not like any actual information was going to be imparted by Trump of all people and, by showing up, one merely enables the normalization of the wannabe autocrat and serial abuser of power.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 02/06/2020 - 09:14 am.

      Especially after Trump gave him the Medal of Freedom!

      Oh, wait, that was the other guy. You know, the one who goes on the radio and calls people names and tells racist jokes.

      Never mind.

  16. Submitted by Donald Larsson on 02/05/2020 - 01:20 pm.

    Since Reagan, it’s become common among presidents of both parties to highlight someone in the gallery as hero/victim/role model of the year, but Trump has raised (or lowered) the bar in sheer numbers and the remarkable spectacle of having the First Lady slip the Medal of Freedom to Rush. Even if that “pundit” deserved it, it would be a pretty mind-boggling spectacle–or I should say, “would have been . . . ” But that one incident gets lost in the flood of everything else. (Does it matter anymore who “won” or will “win” 10 or 12 of Iowa’s pledged delegates? On to New Hampshire–after the impeachment acquittal and some kitten videos!)

  17. Submitted by Tom Wilson on 02/05/2020 - 07:21 pm.

    I love the fact that Trump takes credit for the uptick in wages for the lowest among us! He should acknowledge the dem. ideas that made it happen! Oh wait, it’s Trump.

  18. Submitted by Joe Musich on 02/05/2020 - 08:40 pm.

    The most disturbing part was the cheering for the nicompoop. There is tremendous lack of desire to search for information out there. Some do not want their minds changed despite information for the most part being readily available to counterpoint a manufactured truth from the master of disaster bully. As was pointed out people that are working are not being paid much money. The “dignity of work” does not pay for rent or food. So lest’s talk about real purchasing power.

    • Submitted by BK Anderson on 02/06/2020 - 09:35 am.

      “Cheering for the nincompoop”

      The model appears to be the Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union–under Stalin!

      “Four more years!!” (best done in scream mode)…

  19. Submitted by Solly Johnson on 02/05/2020 - 09:15 pm.

    We have bipartisanship when it comes to foreign intervention and regime change efforts. Pelsosi was one of the first to jump to her feet and applaud, along with a majority of other Democrats, when Trump recognized Guido as the legitimate leader of Venezuela, which is viewed as absurd by most nations in the world who view Maduro as legally elected.
    The Democrats have given Trump a huge military budget, increased surveillance power, and a trade treaty the day after they presented impeachment articles. They are a faux opposition party, and calling it kabuki theater is a disservice, since kabuki has some cultural value.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 02/06/2020 - 12:44 pm.

      The right-wing media has taught its followers to accuse anyone who advocates socialism in the United States of trying to turn the country into another Venezuela. The funny thing about that line is that the Socialist International (a group that tends to the left of Bernie Sanders) does not recognize the legitimacy of the Maduro regime, and it supports the recognition of Juan Guaidó as President. Guaidó, the new BFF of El Naranjo, is also a member of the SI.

  20. Submitted by Dennis Wagner on 02/05/2020 - 09:44 pm.

    Well it only gets crazier and more bitter and petty by the day!
    GOP introduces resolution to condemn Pelosi for ripping up Trump’s State of the Union speech.
    Let me make sure I got this straight, no problem with; corrupt, cheating, lying bully, petty, dictator presidents, but it is terrible offense to “tear paper” Can’t make this stuff up!

  21. Submitted by Joe Musich on 02/05/2020 - 10:32 pm.


  22. Submitted by Paul Yochim on 02/06/2020 - 08:10 am.

    Yet another article aimed at smearing an elected president for tooting his horn as all have done in the past. No criticism of the childish behavior of the two members of “The Squad” or the tantrum of Nancy Pelosi. Had elected officials behaved like this when Barack Hussein Obama was speaking they would have been reprimanded.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 02/06/2020 - 09:17 am.

      No, they would be celebrated as right-wing heroes and turned their behavior into potent fund-raising mechanisms and make a safe seat even safer (see, Wilson, Joe, congressional career of).

    • Submitted by BK Anderson on 02/06/2020 - 09:28 am.

      Yes indeed. Only Trump is allowed to engage in political theater…

      When Trump breaks a norm by making his SOTU into a disgusting Trumpenberg rally, then Dems may certainly break a norm (in response) as well. Fair’s fair!

    • Submitted by Dennis Wagner on 02/06/2020 - 09:29 am.

      Seems his horn has a lot of bad notes, and the song he is playing is the fall of democracy through lies and corruption.

  23. Submitted by Thom Roethke on 02/06/2020 - 10:54 am.

    The SOTU has always had little to do with the state of the Union, and everything to do with the President praising themselves and rambling on about unattainable initiatives. I’m glad we’ve all learned to be critical of this unnecessary ceremony thanks to Trump. I hope our criticism extends past his Presidency.

    • Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 02/07/2020 - 11:24 am.

      Thom, that’s what I said.

      Of all the criticisms you level against Trump complaining about his SOTU not being about the SOTU is rather innocuous.

      Can anyone here recount any SOTU address by any other president without looking it up?

      Of all of Obama’s SOTU’s I can only remember two things that he ever said: 1) He once pointed to John McCain sitting down below and said that some idea McCain had was good idea. 2) He once said something about the government not being there to raise everyone children but that it could be there to make sure all children have the same chance of success. Neither of these statements is particularly consequential.

      • Submitted by Dennis Wagner on 02/08/2020 - 01:26 pm.

        How about an inaugural address? “Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country”

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